Can using semaglutide damage the vagus nerve?

Yes. The use of semaglutide affects the vagus nerve by reducing appetite while slowing down the emptying of the stomach. This is why drugs containing this ingredient are marketed as weight loss aids. Unfortunately, in some cases, semaglutide causes irreparable damage to the vagus nerve.

Semaglutide is linked to chronic side effects in 10% of patients

Semaglutide—the active ingredient in Ozempic, Wegovy, and Rybelsus—is a anti-diabetes ingredient that is also heavily marketed as a weight loss aid. Semaglutide increases the insulin levels in your body, thereby decreasing blood sugar.

The vagus nerve is the main nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls digestion, among other things. Semaglutide affects the vagus nerve by reducing appetite while slowing down the emptying of the stomach. Both can lead to rapid weight loss.

However, the use of semaglutide may also lead to irreparable damage to the vagus nerve: this can cause severe side effects like gastroparesis, or stomach paralysis. This is when the stomach muscles weaken, causing food to remain trapped instead of moving to the small intestine. This is a chronic and very painful condition that currently has no cure.

Semaglutide use may also cause ileus, or the paralysis of the muscles in the small intestine. Ileus can lead to severe bowel obstruction. Studies show that semaglutide use causes chronic conditions in 10% of patients, while around 1% of patients develop more serious conditions like gastroparesis or bowel obstruction. If you experience even one of these symptoms after taking semaglutide:

  • Severe nausea
  • Intense vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Extreme dehydration

Then please see a medical professional as soon as possible. These symptoms may indicate an underlying chronic side effect. A diagnosis of one of these serious side effects is life-changing, and you should be financially compensated for it.

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A diagnosis of gastroparesis or bowel obstruction from a licensed medical professional is undoubtedly stressful and affects your quality of life. Between the doctors’ visits and medication, it can also drain you financially. Our team can help you file the claim, so you can have one less thing to worry about. We understand that this is a stressful time for you and your family, so we make the process as easy as possible. This is all we will need from you:

  • Diagnosis of gastroparesis or bowel obstruction
  • Hospital or emergency room records
  • A prescription for Ozempic, Wegovy, or Rybelsus

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